Goal.com recaps the opening weekend of the Dutch top flight in which the Tukkers destroyed Groningen, while the champions were held to a draw by AZ
Round 1 Results
|Willem II were the brighter side in the early stages of the game and put their opponents under severe pressure, but rarely tested NAC goalkeeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar.
Marc Hocher and Genaro Snijders both had chances to give the home side the lead but the 31-year-old kept them out with relative ease. The Tilburg side did put the ball in the net at the end of the first-half when Niek Vossebelt headed past the experienced shot-stopper, but he was correctly flagged offside.
Then in the closing 15 minutes, Virgil Misidjan set up Jens Podevijn, who sent the ball past the encroaching ten Rouwelaar and into the net.
But with just three minutes left, Sepp de Roover squared to Anthony Lurling, who curled the ball into the top corner to rescue a point for NAC.
PSV's season has started poorly, after squandering an early lead to crash 3-2 at RKC.
A defensive error lead to the visitors' opening goal after just eight minutes. Henrico Drost failed to control a simple pass outside of his own box and Jeremain Lens was able to snatch the ball from him before coolly slotting past Jeroen Zoet.
Zwolle got their first Eredivisie campaign in eight years off to a good start with a point against Roda in their opening match.
The hosts started to ease their way into the match towards the end of the first half, but didn’t pull level until after the restart. Roda broke on the counterattack and Sanharib Malki was able to latch onto a Mitchell Donald through ball and slot past Leon ter Wielen to equalise.
Ruud Brood’s side were reduced to 10 men less than five minutes later when Donald received his second yellow card. Zwolle began to threaten their opponents’ goal after the midfielder’s dismissal but could not find the winning goal.
The home side dominated the first half, with the attractive passing football they demonstrated all last season. Their possession was converted to a goal after 13 minutes when a string of passes lead to Luis Pedro’s low cross into the back post which was met by Everton, who knocked it past Niki Maenpaa.
Peter Bosz’s side had opportunities to increase their lead but Samuel Armenteros saw one shot sail over the bar, another cleared off the line and one more hit the post.
The Almelo club’s poor finishing was punished moments before half time when Yanic Wildschut teed the ball up for Bryan Linssen who sent it curling into the net from the edge of the area.
Both sides created goalscoring opportunities in the second half but neither team was clinical enough to steal the three points.
Feyenoord were by far the better side against an Utrecht outfit which barely troubled the visitors’ goal.
The opening stages were lacking in clear goalscoring opportunities but the Rotterdam club began to create more as the game went on.
Lex Immers, Sekou Cisse and Daryl Janmaat all had great chances to give Ronald Koeman’s side the lead but failed to beat Robbin Ruiter.
The visitors’ persistence paid off, however, as they opened the scoring late in the first half. Guyon Fernandez picked up the rebound from an Immers shot and crossed for Cisse who was able to head past Ruiter.
The visitors almost extended their lead two minutes into the second period when Immers latched onto Mike van der Hoorn's suicidal ball back to Ruiter and rounded the keeper, but Van der Hoorn was able to get back and clear.
Marco van Basten’s tenure at Heerenveen hasn't get off to a great start as his side succumbed to Alex Pastoor’s NEC.
The Nijemegen side went ahead after 27 minutes when Navarone Foor sent a cross in for Melvin Platje who headed it past Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
Eight minutes later Pavel Cmovs rose to meet Ryan Koolwijk’s free kick and diverted into the net to ensure NEC had a two goal lead at half time.
The hosts began to apply more pressure in the second half and Jeffrey Gouweleeuw, Oussama Assaidi and Samir Fazli all had opportunities to pull their side back into the game but couldn’t beat NEC shot-stopper Gabor Babos.
Twente got the new season off to a great start with a resounding win over Groningen.
Nacer Chadli was a constant thorn in the visitors’ side as he created several chances for Dmitry Bulykin before the Belgian opened the scoring himself.
Chadli ran onto a Dusan Tadic through ball and fired past Luciano Da Silva to put Steve McClaren’s men in the lead.
The Tukkers’ advantage was doubled just three minutes later when Chadli’s header was saved by Da Silva and the rebound fell in front of Tadic, who tapped home from close range.
The game was put beyond doubt less than 10 minutes into the second period. Tadic collected the ball outside the box and squared to Chadli, who slotted home.
Tadic then took advantage of some terrible defending and beat the keeper to inflict more misery on his former side.
Groningen were able to grab a consolation goal after 83 minutes when Leandro Bacuna received a pass from Género Zeefuik and bent the ball home.
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The home side were unlucky not to be a few goals ahead within the first 20 minutes as they created several chances but were unable to take advantage of any of them.
Instead it was the visitors who took the lead after the break upon fighting their way into the match. Tjaronn Chery received the ball in the middle of the park and unleashed a ferocious shot which flew past Piet Velthuizen.
The celebrations didn’t last long, however, as a minute later Wilfried Bony had equalised for the hosts when he met Van Ginkel’s cross at the backpost.
Two minutes later, however, ADO had recovered their lead through Danny Holla who slotted Rydell Poepon’s pass into the net.
Jonathan Reis rescued a point for Vitesse with less than 20 minutes left on the clock when he sent a free-kick straight into the net from 25 yards.
Despite having the lion's share of possession, Eredivisie champions Ajax were held to a 2-2 draw by AZ in their opening game of the season.
A 25-yard screamer from right-back Gregory van der Wiel gave the Amsterdam giants an early lead.
Gertjan Verbeek's side came out fighting after half time and two goals in quick succession from Jozy Altidore put the visitors in front.
Ajax piled the pressure on their opponents in search of an equaliser but missed opportunities from Daley Blind, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and debutant Tobias Sana frustrated Frank de Boer's side.
However, they eventually reaped the benefits of their pressing game when Sigthorsson levelled with seven minutes remaining. Jody Lukoki brought down a long pass on the right wing and beat Dirk Marcellis before passing to the Icelandic striker to fire past Esteban.
Both teams pressed in search for a late winner but were forced to settle for a point.